‘GIVE US BILJI-PAANI BE­FORE YOU TALK ABOUT BILLS’

Power thefts, er­ratic wa­ter sup­ply and un­safe build­ings are key con­cerns for Delhi vot­ers

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As Delhi votes to­day, HT Es­tates speaks to res­i­dents from across the Cap­i­tal ab o u t t h e p r o b - lems they face in their ar­eas. South Delhi, home to the rich and the fa­mous, has its share of prob­lems that range from in­flated wa­ter bills, poorly main­tained roads and sew­er­age sys­tems, in­ad­e­quate garbage dis­posal and traf­fic con­ges­tion. Res­i­dents hope that the new gov­ern­ment that comes to power will find so­lu­tions to is­sues rang­ing from wa­ter sup­ply of just 15 min­utes daily to in­ad­e­quate toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for do­mes­tic helpers.

Garbage dis­posal sys­tems, too, are not ad­e­quate and garbage col­lected at home is dumped at var­i­ous points on pave­ments, say south Delhi res­i­dents.

Cen­tral Delhi has its share of prob­lems, too. Trough the Metro has eased traf­fic woes to a large ex­tent, traf­fic con­ges­tion re­mains a bother. Lack of proper park­ing spa­ces, in­ad­e­quate power sup­ply and poor con­di­tion of roads are other is­sues that need to be ad­dressed. Strict ac­tion should be taken against peo­ple for spit­ting and lit­ter­ing on roads, es­pe­cially in ar­eas like Pa­har­ganj, Mo­tia Khan and Sadar Thana Road, lo­cals say.

Peo­ple living in north Delhi are both­ered by acute traf­fic con­ges­tion and nar­row roads. San­thosh Ku­mar, CEO – op­er­a­tions and in­ter­na­tional direc­tor, JLL In­dia, says: “As far as in­fra­struc­ture is con­cerned, north Delhi faces traf­fic con­ges­tion is­sues sim­i­lar to most other parts of Delhi.

The high com­muter traf­fic and mas­sive num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cles run­ning on NH1 are the pri­mary con­trib­u­tors to this is­sue. With the com­ple­tion of the Ur­ban Ex­ten­sion Roads UER I and UER II, traf­fic con­ges­tion in th­ese ar­eas will get some respite, as quite a bit of the ex­ces­sive traf­fic will get di­verted.”

Res­i­dents also de­mand an in­fra­struc­ture that could take the bur­den of the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. “Till a few years ago, ar­eas like Ro­hini, Pi­ta­m­pura had open spa­ces but now, even th­ese places are crowded. Be­sides meet­ing the hous­ing re­quire­ments, the new gov­ern­ment should also fo­cus on other is­sues like ad­e­quate park­ing spa­ces, road con­nec­tiv­ity, more spe­cialty hos­pi­tals etc,” says Dr Aruna Choudhry, an RWA mem­ber from Ashok Vi­har.

West Delhi faces the worst pos­si­ble power out­ages in sum­mer. There have been sev­eral in­ci­dents of power thefts whereby an­ti­so­cial el­e­ments from unau­tho­rised colonies and jhug­gis have di­verted power lines from the poles to suit their in­ter­ests.

East Delhi suf­fers from prob­lems re­lated to unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion and ab­sence of civic ameni­ties in the unau­tho­rised-reg­u­larised colonies not to men­tion un­safe struc­tures.Delhi has ap­prox­i­mately 32 lakh build­ings of which the ma­jori share falls in east Delhi. As high as 90% of th­ese build­ings in east Delhi do not ad­here to struc­tural safety norms and are there­fore vul­ner­a­ble to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

An earth­quake mea­sur­ing 6 or more on the Richter scale can lead to a dis­as­ter of unimag­in­able pro­por­tions in the city, say struc­tural safety ex­perts. The need of the hour is an author­ity that has the power to stop unau­tho­rised ex­pan­sion in east Delhi.

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